Fenton Glass Safety and Care

Are you an owner of any Fenton glass products? Are you wanting to learn how to properly care for and handle them? If you are, these questions will be answered here in this article!

Fenton glass should be handled with care, taking time and effort to clean each piece appropriately, and doing so by hand. This will protect it from scratching and breaking. Handling and caring for your Fenton glass pieces properly can extend their lifetime and quality, thus increasing their worth.

If you would like to learn more about how to properly handle and care for Fenton glass pieces, keep reading!

Fenton Hobnail Milk Glass Pieces
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Can You put Fenton Glass in the Dishwasher?

Please note: These directions are NOT for handpainted Fenton pieces, but rather for other Fenton glassware. See below for specific directions on cleaning your hand-painted Fenton items.

It is not recommended that you put Fenton glass in the dishwasher. It is encouraged that you handwash your Fenton glass, rather than put it in the dishwasher. There are a number of reasons for this and one of them is for the safety of your glass items. There are a variety of unexpected things that can go wrong in the dishwasher that can damage the glass.

Handwashing your glass item is the recommended option because this provides you with more control of the environment and its elements around the glass that could potentially be threats to the safety of the glass.

Another reason for NOT putting Fenton glass in the dishwasher is because there are many harmful chemicals that are put into dishwasher detergent that can erode the quality of your Fenton glass pieces away. The cleaning products you use are more in your control when you choose to handwash the piece rather than leaving it susceptible to ingredients in the dishwasher detergent that can cause damage to the piece’s quality.

How Do You Clean Fenton Glass?

The first thing you will want to do when cleaning Fenton glass is to prep the glass. This includes dusting the piece with a dry, soft cloth, using a light hand, as to not apply too much pressure to the glass. After the piece is prepped, it is then important to make sure your sink where you will be cleaning the glass is prepped as well.

Fill the sink with warm water and dish soap that is ammonia and acid-free. When the water and soap are combined, wrap the piece in a towel and gently place it in the water.

Once the piece is submerged, gently partly unwrap the piece from the towel and use an old toothbrush to softly scrub the surfaces that are needing to be cleaned. When you feel the piece has been sufficiently cleaned, slowly unwrap the piece and rinse it with clean water making sure there is no residue from the soap left on the piece. Then wrap the piece in a towel and dry it completely. Once the piece is fully dry, it is safe to place the piece back where it goes.

Fenton Hobnail Rare Limited Blue Carnival Glass Pitcher Set 1992
Fenton Hobnail Rare Limited Blue Carnival Glass Pitcher Set 1992 Sold for $375.55 from oz200000 on Ebay

How Do You Clean Vintage Fenton Glass?

Cleaning vintage Fenton glass is a very similar process to the one that was discussed above, with a few additional points that will help with the safety of your piece as well as prolong its quality as the years continue.

One of the points that are important to note with particularly vintage Fenton glass is to allow the piece to air dry, rather than drying it with a towel. This will help the color and texture of the glass stay true to its original state as much as possible as the piece gets older.

The other point is to store the piece out of direct sunlight. Too much exposure to direct sunlight can cause the piece to lose its richness of color and wear down the finish of the piece, making it appear dull and less pristine.

How Do You Care for Fenton Glass?

Caring for your Fenton glass pieces properly is important to make sure that the pieces are keeping their quality and status that makes them so valuable in the first place.

Some of the main care points recommended for caring for Fenton glass, we have already discussed. The biggest point is to keep your piece out of direct sunlight, preserving the quality and color of your piece. Another point is taking special care when cleaning your Fenton glass piece. Do not put the piece in the dishwasher, but carefully handwash it with the directions given previously.

An additional point that was briefly mentioned when discussing how to clean your Fenton glass, is when transporting your piece anywhere from its designated space in the home, to wrap the piece in a clean, thick towel, to create protection around the piece in case it were to be dropped while transporting the glass piece.

Vintage Fenton Burmese Uranium Glass Pitcher
Vintage Fenton Burmese Uranium Glass Pitcher – $140 from DaughtersKeeper on Etsy

How Do You Clean Painted Fenton Glass?

It is NOT recommended to use soap or water with handpainted Fenton glassware, such as painted custard glass or burmese glass. The water and soap could remove the paint. You can carefully spot clean around the painted designs with a damp cloth or duster.

Fenton Blue Roses On Uranium Custard Glass Hand Painted Vase
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Is Fenton Glass Food Safe?

If you are looking for a dish to put food in for a stunning presentation, then using a Fenton glass piece is a way to have your guests impressed. That being said, using Fenton glass pieces to serve food is safe, but it is not recommended to use the piece to heat food either in the microwave or oven, nor to cool in the fridge or freezer.

Antique Fenton Carnival Glass "Holly" Blue Cobalt Bowl circa 1915
Antique Fenton Carnival Glass “Holly” Blue Cobalt Bowl circa 1915 $140 from JimRabum on Etsy

It is important to note that if you do choose to use a Fenton glass piece to serve food out of, follow the recommended cleaning and care instructions, just as if you were cleaning any other Fenton glass piece. Just because the piece was used to serve food out of, doesn’t mean you then wash and care for it like any other serving dish.

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